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As if on cue, a writer flies off the handle over the A-Rod/Galea thing

Mar 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Reading the papers this morning I was surprised to see that neither Lupica nor any of the Post guys really brought the crazy in regards to this Alex Rodriguez/Dr. Galea thing. Oh, Lupica tried to muster some outrage, but his heart just wasn’t in it. I was almost prepared to give up and write a post about how unexpectedly level-headed everyone was being, but then I stumbled upon Ian O’Connor’s column in the Bergen Record:

But no, realistically, this isn’t about someone else. It’s about Alex
Rodriguez. It’s about a once-in-a-generation ballplayer who cheated the
game, cheated the fans and cheated himself, and who now is discovering
that even a World Series ring and ticker-tape parade can’t absolve him
of his not-so-venial steroid sins . . . Rodriguez also is waiting for a break in the storm clouds that never
will come. A-Rod’s waiting for the day when he’s completely liberated
from his admitted past as a chemically altered fraud. He shouldn’t hold his breath . . .

. . . It’s quite possible Rodriguez will tell the feds he never received
performance-enhancing drugs from Galea or anyone else, and this
flare-up will go away. At least until the next  flare-up. It’s
also possible Rodriguez will tell investigators a different tale, one
that could earn him a minimum 50-game suspension . . . It sounds unlikely, but when it’s A-Rod, worst-case scenarios are always in play.

And the prose gets even more purple after that if you can believe it.  All as a result of A-Rod being asked to answer a few questions about something he says doesn’t even involve him and which the Commissioner of Baseball and everyone else has said is a non-issue as far as baseball is concerned.

Of course O’Conner was probably pretty proud of that “cheated the
game, cheated the fans and cheated himself” line when he wrote it last year and it would have been a shame to have left it in unused macro purgatory for much longer.

  1. Harry G - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    There goes the “objective” media again. Making the story about A-Rod when it’s clearly not about A-Rod. Beltran will be interveiwed as well.
    That’s two prominent Mets in the past week that have had direct contact with Galea himself. But of course it’s about A-Rod, who’s only connection to the guy is the fact that Mark Lindsay, who managed his rehab and was recommended by Marc Phillipon, and approved by the Yankees.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    I thought I had a pothole in the end of my driveway when they delivered the Record this morning, then discovered O’Conner’s column and knew it was a crackpot, or an A-Hole. Just as Harper makes Lupica look good, Klapisch has to clean up after this know-nothing.
    (Ahem) Leave ARod Alone!

  3. Charles Gates - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    I like this little nugget:
    “I know you guys have to ask those questions,” A-Rod told reporters, “but I have to speak to [investigators] first, and then you guys will know pretty much all at the same time.”
    Because A-Rod knows, just like everyone else, that the Feds are about as likely to keep their mouths shut as O’Conner is to make a rational argument.

  4. Big Harold - Mar 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    This appears to be a story looking for substance. I don’t see where A-Rod has any exposure in this issue. Keep in mind, however, that A-Rod has nobody to blame for getting dragged into this dubious speculation other than himsef. Had he not taken PEDs, lied about then got caught it would matter. But, he’s a big boy and at 30 mil a year he can take it.
    On the other hand, .. as a Yankee fan, after the performancde of last season a little PED controvercey might just help him focus on baseball and shun the limelight. That worked pretty sweet last year. I wonder what Kate Hudson is doing this summer?

  5. lardin - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    I am tired of holier than thow attitude towards players and PEDS. How many writers were writers during the 1990′s?
    Heres a start:
    Olney
    Gammons
    Stark
    Skip Bayliss
    Lupica
    O’Connor
    Klapisch
    Buckley
    Neyer
    The list goes on and on.
    I dont want to hear one thing about steroids coming out of any of their mouths. They failed us the fans, 15 years ago. They either willfully hid the information from the public or were just to clueless to do their job. You had McGuire and andro in his locker, you had Canseco’s book, and you had Ken Caminiti saying at least 50% of the players were on steroids.
    The proof was all around them, yet they ALL buried there heads in the sand. They are all terrible, none of them no how to to their job.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    YankeesfanLen, I wrote a post about this yesterday and I said that no matter what it would be A-Rod who got treated the worst out of all the players that were interviewed in this newest mess. Already O’Connor has proven me right, it does not matter who else is interviewed, accused or perhaps even charged all that will be written is that A-Rods’ name was brought to light. I’m telling you they actually HATE the guy. I agree with you completely LEAVE A-ROD ALONE.

  7. Jonny5 - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    LMAO! Wow! This guy seems genuinely angry here. Strange, You’d think he was yelling at his own son, trying to exaggerate the consequences of taking a PED. First of all A-rod “cheated” no one but clean players he opposed. Strange he mentioned everyone but the players as being “cheated”. As far as A-rod cheating himself??? I wonder has Ian O’Conner ever made 30 million a year? Has he ever had Kate Hudson in the most perfect positions a man could have her in? or one of the other handful of models he’s known to uhhh, “date”. A-Rod “cheated himself” ? I think not. I think it’s more of a deep rooted hate for someone who most obviously has a much, much, much better life than poor Ian does..

  8. Jonny5 - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    “LEAVE A-ROD ALONE.”
    Why? Doesn’t it entertain you? I mean you Yankee fans kinda sound like the Fans of Michael Jackson after he got caught feeding little boys alcohol and showing them gay porn, Ahem etc…. He will not be left alone. A-rod is getting the double edged sword of being one of the best in the world of sports, it just so happens he hasn’t kept his nose clean and we’ll hear all there is to hear about it, from every angle. Don’t worry. He’s being more than fairly compensated when it’s all said and done.

  9. Benny Blanco - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Difference is those two mets havnt admitted to using steriods like A-Rod.
    And when your stats are going to go down as some of the best in baseball history, everything he does deserves to be scrutinized.

  10. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    So in your world be fairly compensated for your JOB entitles the media to drag you through the mud for every story that comes around? I personally think that viewpoint is stupid. The answers to your questions, Why – because he is not treated fairly and he is one of a very few famous athletes that is getting both edges of the sword. Doesn’t it entertain you? NO, and I could careless about anything related to Michael Jackson, period.

  11. YX - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    To be fair, Neyer has always been pretty level headed about this whole thing.

  12. Jonny5 - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Not for “my” Job. For A-rods “job”. Which so far is to collect one of the biggest paychecks anyone in this country will see this year, for playing a game, that’s actually fun. And yes, it does entitle the media to drag his name wherever they choose (obviously), whether it be through the mud or through the heavens. It’s not the Medias fault that A-rod makes it easy for them to drag his name through the mud though. He was the one shooting roids, he’s the one that went to canada for god knows what treatment, unknown to the Yankees btw. He’s the one who poses for magazine articles kissing his own reflection. Baseball and the media go hand in hand bro, at the end of the day, it’s all about entertainment.

  13. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    I believe we are going to have to agree to disagree here, I cannot get to where you are at from where I am.

  14. onesweetworld - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Im not a Yankee or AROD fan but come on, enough already. I know the answer to this question but it would be nice to know the day these “sport” writers get off their high horse’s and stop trying to act all concerned and outraged and how they feel cheated that so and so player cheated, and how the world is gonna end because these guys did steroids because obv steroids is the worst thing anyone could do and…oh nevermind, im just gonna go bang me head against the wall because its more enjoyable then reading this nonsense for the upteenth time

  15. YankeesfanLen - Mar 2, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    All right, you and Jonny 5 break it up. The original post was about Idiot O’Conner having to earn his pay as a reporter/commentator, which he invariably cannot do in any sport. Newsday and the Record have to make themselves into a high-falutin’ metro newspaper, so they both try one-upmanship in hiring “big-name” columnists, with mixed results.
    We should not encourage O’Conner at all cause he’ll turn into a Lupica-like political political analyst and who knows what will happen in the short duration before Christie sits on him.

  16. YANKEES1996 - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    YankeesfanLen. sorry, my bad.

  17. Joey B - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    “I dont want to hear one thing about steroids coming out of any of their mouths. They failed us the fans, 15 years ago. They either willfully hid the information from the public or were just to clueless to do their job.”
    Tough to be a sportswriter. Failure to report on steroids in the 90s gets you lambasted. Reporting on ARod seeing the olde HGH doctor gets you lambasted.

  18. Joey B - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    “Difference is those two mets havnt admitted to using steriods like A-Rod.
    And when your stats are going to go down as some of the best in baseball history, everything he does deserves to be scrutinized.”
    AKA, the Yankee sense of entitlement. There is a whole of people that wonder where the press was in the 90s when steroids were rampant, but when the posterboy for PED usage gets nailed, it’s ‘aw, please leave the nice guy alone’.
    As a RA fan, if Papi gets caught going to an HGH dealer, the press has my full blessing to blast him and the RS FO.

  19. Rays fan - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Not everyone on the list has gotten on the faux outrage bandwagon, but…every last one of the HoF voters by rule have been BBWAA members for 10+ years–so, except for a few first-time voters this last December, ALL of the Hall voters were baseball writers during the homerun chase of 1998.
    I would love it if one of them “came clean” with what they did or didn’t know and why.

  20. Jonny5 - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    That’s the way it should be. I’d much rather agree to disagree than to try to change a mind that’s made up already. We are after all entitled to our own opinions. If everyone agreed? Well, there’s just no fun in that.

  21. RNC - Mar 2, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Sign a $200 million deal and people will hate you forever. Good article Craig.

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